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12:46 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Education Conference Underway in Tulsa

A packed ballroom hears from out going State Superintendent Sandy Garrett.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – Borrowing Charles Dickens' famous line to open her 2010 State of Education address today in Tulsa, State School Superintendent Sandy Garrett remarked "it is the best of times, it is the worst of times" to more than 2,500 Oklahoma School leaders in attendance at the Tulsa Convention Center Ballroom.

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12:42 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Political Forum

Top L-R: Drew Edmondson, Mary Fallin Botton L-R: Jari Askins, Randy Brogdon

Tahlequah, OK – Okla candidates say state must address social ills

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma's major candidates for governor say the state must address a number of social ills, but they differ on how to lower high rates of smoking, drug abuse and poor health.

At a candidate forum in Tahlequah, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins said Oklahomans need to learn more about healthy lifestyles and that the state's network of county health departments can help spread the word.

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9:57 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Tulsa Police Investigation

Tulsa, OK – Okla police chief says internal probe conducted

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa's interim police chief says his department conducted its own investigation of possible theft and lying by police officers.

Chief Chuck Jordan said Wednesday that the department's probe started in May 2009 and involved information developed by the Internal Affairs unit. Jordan says he couldn't name the officers who were investigated.

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9:49 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Prisons no longer Smoke-Free

Oklahoma City, OK – Some Okla. prisons to again allow tobacco use

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Inmates at minimum security prisons in Oklahoma will soon be allowed to smoke.

Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie says the inmates will be allowed to smoke in designated areas starting Aug. 2. He says cigarettes also will again be sold in the minimum-security prisons.

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9:45 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Thursday's Top Local Stories

Tulsa, OK – Hear a recap of Thursday morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS:

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3:55 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Women Recover

Tulsa, Okla. – Oklahoma is commonly known for its female incarceration rate of more than twice the national average, but a fledgling program, Women in Recovery, hopes to change that. The first six to complete the program celebrated their graduation today.

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3:38 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Unemployment Rate

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla unemployment up slightly in June

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State officials say Oklahoma's unemployment rate increased in June.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Tuesday that the jobless rate last month hit 6.8 percent, an increase from 6.7 percent in May. According to the agency, there were 120,350 people unemployed in June.

The agency says the unemployment rate for June 2009 was 6.7 percent.

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1:54 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Candidate Forum

Tahlequah, OK – Candidates for Okla. gov. make final pitch

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The six candidates for governor will try to separate themselves from their opponents during the final gubernatorial forum before next Tuesday's primary election.

Officials with the nonpartisan Oklahoma Academy for State Goals say all six have agreed to attend the forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins are battling for the Democratic nomination.

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1:52 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Attorney Hire for House Probe

Retiring House Speaker Chris Benge.

Oklahoma City, OK – House hires attorney in corruption investigation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state House of Representatives has hired an attorney to help deal with allegations of political corruption.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Monies for House Speaker Chris Benge says Edmond attorney Andy Lester will "navigate and negotiate" the investigation.

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